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Four teams remain in American Legion tourney

Posted: Monday, Aug 4th, 2014

Yankton pitcher Tanner Termansen concentrates as he makes a catch near foul territory during a game against Pierre in the Class A State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Memorial Park Stadium on Friday. In the next photo, Brookings third baseman Carter Roach makes the throw to first for an out during a game Friday against Pierre at Memorial Park Stadium. And next, Rapid City third baseman Justin Kraemer awaits the throw as Brandon Valley’s Nic Peterson slides during their game Friday at Memorial Park Stadium. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Yankton Post 12 did their part during Friday’s elimination portion of the American Legion State Tournament as they defeated Pierre 8-5.

But early it looked like it might be all Pierre Post 8 as they scored four runs on five hits in the first inning of Yankton starter Tanner Termansen.

Pierre opened the game with three straight singles from Justin Berhiem, Shay Reinke and Alex Gray.

Gray’s single scored Berheim.

After a sacrifice by Blake Dean Cash Anderson scored Reinke on a RBI-ground ball.

Alec Norwick then singled scoring Gray. Norwick then stole second and later scored on a RBI double by Ben Liedholt.

Termansen got out of the inning and eventually settled down to keep his team in the game and the Yankton bats would answer.

In the fourth inning Yankton scored twice after loading the bases on an error, a walk and a single by Sheldon Gant.

The first run came courtesy of a sacrifice bunt by Mason Townsend and the second run scored on an error, trimming Pierre’s lead to 4-2.

In the fifth inning Pierre’s lead was erased by one swing of the bat by Colin Muth, who with two-runners on, hit a laser shot to right field for a three-run home run.

Brad Ulmer and Landon Withrow had both singled before him.

That gave Yankton the lead 5-4.

Meanwhile, Termansen was in the process of retiring 11 straight batters between the end of the fourth inning and the beginning of the eighth.

Yankton added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning as Austin Johnson singled, followed by a double by Ulmer.

Withrow hit a sacrifice fly scoring Johnson, and Lane Swatzke hit a single to score Ulmer.

That gave Yankton a four run lead with just three outs remaining.

Pierre tried to rally in their last bats, as Alec Norwick led off with a double, but he was thrown out on the next ball put in play trying to advance to third.

However, Bo Atkins followed with a single and Berheim singled as well to score a run.

Atkins and Berheim were both on base with the tying run at the plate when a fly out to right field ended the game.

Termansen got the win pitching all nine innings.

With just Brandon Valley, Yankton, Rapid City and Brookings remaining and a rule concerning the next round of games not hosting a rematch, Yankton will most likely play Brandon Valley in the 3 p.m. game regardless of the winner of the Brandon Valley-Rapid City matchup Friday night.

Both teams went into the night undefeated; however, with Rapid City and Yankton having already played, Yankton then will meet Brandon Valley.

The other game will pit Rapid City against Brookings at 5 p.m.

Brookings 11, Sioux Falls West 6

HURON — The Brooking Bobcats broke open the floodgates in the sixth and seventh innings to turn a 2-1 nail-biter into an 11-6 victory over Sioux Falls.

In the sixth inning Brookings scored three times to make it 5-1.

It started with a one-out walk to Cody Shepardson, which was followed by a two-out walk to Jordan Lerdal.

Leadoff hitter Corey Roach kept the rally going with a RBI-single, which was followed by Mack Burns reaching on a error which score Lerdal.

Thomas McMacken then hit one of his two doubles on the day to score Roach.

In the seventh inning Brookings lit up the scoreboard four times as three straight singles by Kyle Frogman, Seth Friseur and Cody Shepardson loaded the bases.

Jared Tschetter then singled to score two runs, a wild pitch scored a run and then Corey Roach had an RBI single to score the final run.

That pushed the lead to 11-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sioux Falls did score three in the eighth inning to pull within seven runs.

Two errors and a single scored the first run and set the table for a RBI-double by Jaden Holzer and RBI-single by Ryan Benson.

They made things even more interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Two more runs were scored without a hit and the bases were loaded with the tying run in the on deck circle when a grounder to the right side of the infield led to a force out at third base to end the game.

With just Brandon Valley, Yankton, Rapid City and Brookings remaining and a rule concerning the next round of games not hosting a rematch, Brookings will most likely play Rapid City in in the 5 p.m. game regardless of the winner of the Brandon Valley-Rapid City matchup Friday night.

Both teams went into the night undefeated however, with Rapid City and Yankton having already played Yankton then they will meet Brandon Valley in the other game at 3 p.m.

For the complete article see the 08-02-2014 issue.

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